deliberate

verb
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce deliberate (audio) \
deliberated; deliberating

Definition of deliberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to think about or discuss issues and decisions carefully The jury deliberated for several days before reaching a verdict.

transitive verb

: to think about deliberately and often with formal discussion before reaching a decision deliberate the question was deliberating whether or not to accept the offer

deliberate

adjective
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-rət How to pronounce deliberate (audio) , -ˈlib-rət \

Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : characterized by or resulting from careful and thorough consideration a deliberate decision Ms. Barker herself has said that the decision to write about the war was a deliberate response to patronizing reviews of her working-class settings …— Claudia Roth Pierpont
2 : characterized by awareness of the consequences a deliberate exaggeration a deliberate act of protest
3 : slow, unhurried, and steady as though allowing time for decision on each individual action involved The jeweler worked at a deliberate pace.

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Other Words from deliberate

Adjective

deliberateness noun

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Verb

think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions. teaches students how to think cogitate implies deep or intent thinking. cogitated on the mysteries of nature reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind. reflecting on fifty years of married life reason stresses consecutive logical thinking. able to reason brilliantly in debate speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic. speculated on the fate of the lost explorers deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision. the jury deliberated for five hours

Adjective

voluntary, intentional, deliberate, willing mean done or brought about of one's own will. voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion. a voluntary confession intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved. the intentional concealment of vital information deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences. deliberate acts of sabotage willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another. willing obedience

Examples of deliberate in a Sentence

Verb The jury deliberated for two days before reaching a verdict. They will deliberate the question. Adjective She spoke in a clear, deliberate manner. He advocates a slow and deliberate approach to the problem.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Christensen and another alternate juror were excused after Judge Peter Cahill sent the jurors to deliberate. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, "Alternate juror talks about the Chauvin trial verdict and the testimony that "really got to me"," 23 Apr. 2021 The comments come as the jury continues to deliberate in an effort to come to a decision on whether to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in Floyd's death. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Minnesota Twins owners call George Floyd's death a 'murder' and call for justice 'he deserves'," 20 Apr. 2021 Over the past few days, as the Chauvin trial concluded and the jury began to deliberate, the feeling of anxiety that seemed to grip much of the nation was just as evident in the sports world. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, "Sports figures react to Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction with mix of joy and wariness," 20 Apr. 2021 The jury is sequestered to deliberate those charges. Editors, USA TODAY, "Derek Chauvin trial, Hispanic caucus at White House, Apple event: 5 things to know Tuesday," 20 Apr. 2021 But at the end of the day Monday, after the jury had retired to deliberate, Cahill took a different view. D.j. Tice, Star Tribune, "The verdict of a '13th juror' on Chauvin — and the trial," 20 Apr. 2021 If Judge Peter Cahill follows the usual practice of dismissing the last two chosen as alternates, the 12 who will deliberate will include six white and six Black or multiracial jurors. Amy Forliti And Tammy Webber, Chron, "Attorneys at Chauvin trial in Floyd death make final pitch," 19 Apr. 2021 If Judge Peter Cahill follows the usual practice of dismissing the last two chosen as alternates, the 12 who will deliberate will include six white and six Black or multiracial jurors. BostonGlobe.com, "Attorneys at Derek Chauvin trial in George Floyd death set to make closing arguments," 19 Apr. 2021 Fourteen of the 15 jurors — 12 who will deliberate Chauvin's fate and three who will serve as alternates — have been selected so far. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Derek Chauvin trial live: One more juror needed before opening statements next week," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The changes have been labeled by Democrats as a deliberate attempt to suppress voters of color. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "For MLB, moving All-Star Game out of Georgia is a financial whiff," 7 Apr. 2021 Most countries actually wished to meet their treaty obligations (outliers such as North Korea notwithstanding), and their failure to do so often stemmed from a lack of capacity rather than a deliberate attempt to evade responsibilities. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The British monarchy’s latest “treaty” asks CEOs to recognize the rights of nature," 13 Jan. 2021 Wright believes — or at least hopes — that a lot of the safety measures people are supposed to have implemented are going to be a permanent part of the return of normal, such as being deliberate about who and what people touch. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Looking back at 2020: Residents recall successes and challenges; anticipation for a better, healthier ‘21," 24 Dec. 2020 Hart notes that the more upbeat ending was also a deliberate attempt to counteract the traditions of the genre, foregrounding the story of Jean coming into her power. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Director Julia Hart explains I'm Your Woman ending — and the role driving plays in the film," 12 Dec. 2020 The library’s effort to safely reopen buildings has been deliberate, including consultations with architects and even an industrial hygienist. oregonlive, "Multnomah County Library will reopen 5 branches in June, focusing on computer access, expert staff assistance," 15 Apr. 2021 The ceiling is deliberate: Amazon wants employees either to matriculate into management or leave the company for opportunities elsewhere. al, "What Amazon can learn from its victory over union in Alabama," 11 Apr. 2021 Jon Spector, a vice president for the league, said the decision to have a second year of virtual play was deliberate. Olga Kharif, Fortune, "Esports darling Overwatch League will remain virtual even as other sports resume play in front of fans," 9 Apr. 2021 The result was immediate speculation that the slight was deliberate. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Mike Pence signals 2024 run as heir to Donald Trump," 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of deliberate

Verb

1536y, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deliberate

Adjective and Verb

Middle English, from Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare to consider carefully, perhaps alteration of *delibrare, from de- + libra scale, pound

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11 May 2021

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“Deliberate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deliberate. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for deliberate

deliberate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deliberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to think about or discuss something very carefully in order to make a decision

deliberate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

: done or said in a way that is planned or intended : done or said on purpose
: done or decided after careful thought
: slow and careful

deliberate

verb
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce deliberate (audio) \
deliberated; deliberating

Kids Definition of deliberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to think about carefully

deliberate

adjective
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-rət How to pronounce deliberate (audio) , -ˈli-brət \

Kids Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : showing careful thought a deliberate decision
2 : done or said on purpose a deliberate lie
3 : slow in action : not hurried a deliberate pace

Other Words from deliberate

deliberately adverb She deliberately lied!

deliberate

verb
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce deliberate (audio) \
deliberated; deliberating

Legal Definition of deliberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to think about and weigh or discuss issues and decisions carefully the jury retired to deliberate

transitive verb

: to think about or evaluate

deliberate

adjective
de·​lib·​er·​ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-rət How to pronounce deliberate (audio) \

Legal Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : characterized by or resulting from careful consideration especially : characterized by or resulting from evaluation done in a cool state of blood and with a fixed purpose deliberate murder — compare premeditated
2 : characterized by an understanding of the nature of a thing or act and its consequences deliberate falsehoods

Other Words from deliberate

deliberately adverb
deliberateness noun

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